It’s holiday season!
So, we thought we’d bring you our top places to travel this Summer.
Eternal sunshine, colorful tiles, friendly locals — there are many reasons to love The City of Seven Hills, but the affordability probably ranks above all.
Lisbon is a colorful and vibrant destination. Renowned for its warm and sunny disposition, the city is blessed with a wealth of historic monuments, world-class museums, and a host of other fabulous things to do. You can explore the narrow streets of the old quarter, stroll the riverbank promenade, or wander through verdant parks and gardens. In fact, enjoy Lisbon like the locals do, at an easy and unhurried pace, and you’ll quickly fall for its welcoming character and beguiling charm.
One detour we’d highly recommend is Lx Factory, a cluster of industrial factories converted into trendy shopfronts, running the gamut from thrift stores to souvenir vendors to retailers selling handicrafts made of cork, a Portuguese specialty. The graffiti murals here are made for an impromptu photo session.
The night holds limitless possibilities in Barcelona. Start with sunset drinks on a panoramic terrace or dig your heels in the sand at a rustic beachside chiringuito (temporary snack bar). As darkness falls, live music transforms the city: the rapid-fire rhythms of flamenco, brassy jazz spilling out of basements, and hands-in-the-air indie-rock at vintage concert halls.
Insider Tip: If you’re planning on visiting one of the famous Gaudi attractions — namely La Sagrada Família, Park Güell, or La Pedrera at Casa Milà — it’s essential to book your tickets online, as these sites are incredibly busy. Not only will you be able to skip the line, you’ll also be able to prevent any potential disappointment when the tickets are sold out.
The off-beat trendiness of Poland’s capital will take you by surprise. The vastly underrated city is bursting at the seams with street art that will make heads turn, from funky murals to the iconic rainbow sculpture by local artist Julita Wojcik. You’ll spot many retro neon signs on the streets — they were immensely popular during the Cold War era — and there’s even a museum dedicated solely to these signages.
The biggest draw that makes Warsaw our new favorite destination is how affordable it is compared to other European capitals. The value of the zolty, the local currency, is about three-to-one against the dollar. Living it up feels a lot easier when your budget is stretched out.
Copenhagen is regularly voted the happiest city in the world, and has in recent years become something of a beacon for hipsters, given its eminently Instagrammable streets and the supremacy of Danish design.
We love the hearty comfort food at Groed and the dirt-cheap Danish buffet at Cafe Dalle Valle. The coffee culture in the city is booming, and you’ll get plenty of interior inspo on top of your caffeine fixes at Royal Smushi Cafeand Design Cafeen.
This picturesque town in Northern Italy is a popular choice to study abroad for many American students, and the kids are definitely on to something. The birthplace of The University of Bologna, one of Europe’s oldest institution of education, the collegiate hub charms with its down-to-earth atmosphere and relatively affordable living standards.
Youth-friendly qualities aside, the biggest attraction of Bologna is definitely the gastronomy scene. Feast yourself on Nicola’s Pizzeria, which allegedly serve the best slice in town, or achieve food euphoria with the tagliolini at the Michelin-starred Trattoria Battibecco. Make sure you arrive hungry.